The Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) program provides temporary benefits to people whose employment or self-employment has been lost or interrupted due to a major disaster. To qualify, you must meet both of the conditions below:
- Your job must have been lost or interrupted due to a presidentially declared disaster, and
- You must not be eligible for regular unemployment insurance benefits.
If you lived, worked, or were scheduled to work in the declared disaster area, you may qualify for assistance if you meet any of the following conditions:
- No longer have a job or place to work.
- Can’t reach your job site.
- Can’t work because of damage to the job site.
- Were about to start a new job but, due to the disaster, the job no longer exists.
- Can’t work because of an injury caused by the disaster.
- Became the major support for a household because the head of household died due to the disaster.
You must be available and able to work, unless you meet one of these two conditions:
- You have an injury caused by the disaster, or
- You are taking steps to return to self-employment.
For more information and to apply for DUA benefits in Texas, click the link below:
To apply for DUA benefits in Louisiana:
Go to the Louisiana Workforce Commission Website and look for the “Start or reopen an unemployment claim” link under “REEMPLOYMENT SERVICES.” When completing the registration form, be sure to indicate that you are unable to work due to Hurricane Harvey, storm damage, work site temporary closed, etc., so that your claim will be processed for DUA. You can also apply by phone by calling 1-866-783-5567, but long delays can be expected. Extended service hours are M-F from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Note that the LWC offices will be closed on Labor Day.